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Chris McCarthy

Chris McCarthy

Innovation Growth Manager

University of Kent


My role is to engage with businesses and provide a link to the activities and services we offer across the whole Growing Kent & Medway programme. I can help guide companies on which areas of Growing Kent & Medway support (mentoring, facilities, research expertise, or grants) are most relevant to their new or existing products, services or processes in the horticultural, food, and beverage sectors.

Before joining the Growing Kent & Medway team I worked in a similar role as part of Research Innovation Support at the University of Kent, helping to support businesses engage with the academic community in our Natural Sciences Division. Prior to joining the University I was Head of Employability for East Kent College, following a 15 year career in the Financial Services industry.

Area of expertise

  • New product innovation
  • Business support
  • New talent